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August 8, 2019,   4:30 PM

Show Them The Money: The Startups Led By Women Bagging Top Funding

Amany Zaher

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Zohra Slim, Nour Al Hassan and Soumaia Benturquia

Arab women are steadily shaking up the Middle East’s startup scene and catching the eye of investors as they do so. The following list highlights the female entrepreneurs—all of Arab origin and based in the region—that have received the highest amount of funding so far in 2019. We have excluded those whose funding amounts were undisclosed.

These seven startups have bagged around $24 million in 2019 so far. Tunisian Zohra Slim, co-founder & Chief Digital and visualization officer of InstaDeep, tops the list with funding worth $7 million. She is followed by Jordanian Nour Al Hassan, Founder, and CEO of Tarjama, who secured $5 million in Series A funding. The U.A.E. remains the epicenter of entrepreneurial activity.

1. Zohra Slim, Co-founder & Chief Digital and Visualization Officer
Company: InstaDeep—an AI-powered decision-making system
Nationality: Tunisian
Based in: Tunisia (headquartered in London)
Founded: 2014
Funding in 2019: $7 million
Total funding: $8 million

2. Nour Al Hassan, Founder, and CEO
Company: Tarjama—a language services provider
Nationality: Jordanian
Based in: U.A.E.
Founded: 2008
Funding in 2019: $5 million Total funding: $5 million

3. Dana Baki, Co-founder, and COO
Company: LUNCH: ON—Ordering Lunch Via Email Or SMS
Nationality: Lebanese American
Based in: U.A.E.
Founded: 2015
Funding in 2019: $4 million
Total funding: $6 million

4. Nadine Nehme, Co-founder, and Chief Science Officer
Company: Medicus AI—AI-based Medical data platform
Nationality: Lebanese
Based in: U.A.E. (headquartered in Vienna)
Founded: 2015
Funding in 2019: $3 million
Total funding: $4.7 million

5. Soumaia Benturquia, Founder and CEO
Company: FODEL—Parcel pick-up locations provider for online shoppers
Nationality: Algerian
Based in: U.A.E.
Founded: 2017
Funding in 2019: $2.6 million
Total funding: $ 2.6 million

6. Rama Kayyali, Lamia Tabbaa and Salwa Katkhuda, Co-Founder and CEO, Co-founder and Director of Engagement and communication, Partner and Head of Growth and Strategy
Company: Little Thinking Minds—Ed-tech platform
Nationality: Jordanian, Saudi, and Jordanian
Based in: Jordan
Founded: 2005
Funding in 2019: $1.765 million
Total funding: $3 million

7. Amira El Gharib, Co-Founder, and COO
Company: Orcas—Ed-Tech App
Nationality: Egyptian/Lebanese
Based in: Egypt
Founded: 2017
Funding in 2019: $500,000
Total funding: $650,000



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